July 4, 2006

WTB: Analog Monosynth...

by Chris Randall
 

I'm looking for a monosynth in the sub-$500 neck of the woods. I'm thinking along the lines of a Prodigy, CS-15, SH-7, OB-1, MS-10, etc. You know what I mean. If you've got something like this, don't live in Outer Mongolia, and accept paypal, drop me a line. The weirder it is, the more I'll like it, but it must have a keyboard.


Note: please don't fill the comments section with eBay links. I don't buy anything off eBay, ever. I'm boycotting them until they figure out a way to vet their customer base and stop all this bullshit scamming.

 
 
 

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Jul.04.2006 @ 6:47 PM
noisegeek
Out of curiosty, is there any place online that you would shop for used synths?
Also, have you given any thought to bbuilding one yourself?
 
 

 
Jul.04.2006 @ 7:02 PM
Chris Randall
Sure. Analog Haven. But they don't have anything I want right now.

As for building one myself, I have shit to do. And once you buy all the fucking knobs and pots, fuck it up 12 times, and figure out what case to put it in that doesn't look like complete ass, you might as well have bought one.

-CR

 
 

 
Jul.05.2006 @ 7:10 AM
kaneikin
Not sure if its of any use because i live in australia, but i have a monster of a monosynth i'm keen to get rid of because it's just tooo fucking big.
Farfisa Soundmaker - single occilator, adsr etc etc but has a poly string section which sounds pretty good, similar to solina strings i've heard.
I've opened it up, and it looks like it could be modded to fuck. right now its just collecting dust but man - i've never seen so many wires, its no classic, but with some electronic expertise it could be amazing!
this is what it looks like -
link [www.caffeinatedgs.co...]">link [www.caffeinatedgs.co...]
It actually is a warm and fine sounding string synth put together in one housing with a simple mono synth. buttons allow you to select the poly-voices (strings, "piano"-sounds and brass voices) and the synth voices (instead of a real vco). there is a keyboard-split option so you can play the synth-voice independently from the polysounds. the synth offered a nice sounding lpf (probably of a mere 6dB) with tweakable resonance. the vcf could be modulated via envelope (ADSR) and/or lfo. the lfo speed itself could be modulated by the envelope. to complete things there were the usual volume sliders for individual sections as well as AR envelopes for strings and brass plus a filter for the strings.

peace
kane

 
 

 
Jul.05.2006 @ 12:11 PM
Chris Randall
Sounds like it is basically the same as an ARP Omni 2, really. That said, it's PERFECT! Unfortunately, I think getting it here would be far more than it is worth.

-CR

 
 

 
Jul.05.2006 @ 12:56 PM
characterstudios
Ever thought about the Dave Smith Evolver? It's a beast. Extremely
flexible, beatiful sounding (from cream to grunge and beyond), etc. etc.

The only gripe I have with the machine is that the envelopes are
not the fastest, I'd love em to be a bit more snappy. But that's a
minor detail, as I can do sooooo much more out of that synth!

Anyway, the only problem is that once you have one of those, you'll
want a PEK... I know I do!

 
 

 
Jul.05.2006 @ 1:19 PM
Chris Randall
An MEK is $1199, which is, as you'll note, 2.25 times my budget of $500.

-CR

 
 

 
Jul.05.2006 @ 1:52 PM
penzoil washington
Chris, if you haven't used any of the earliest Korgs with "traveller" type filter, i strongly recommend you try for a distinctive, enormous, raw, rude sounds. Mini-Korg 700 thru Maxi Korg. They have pots inside to make the filters even more evil, too.
 
 

 
Jul.05.2006 @ 2:13 PM
Chris Randall
Mike Fisher has a 770 he's offering me. I may take him up on that.

-CR

 
 

 
Jul.05.2006 @ 3:54 PM
d wagenbach
i know this is off topic, but I think i remember you were looking for a ursa major space station reverb a while ago...
link [www.vintage-musent.d...]">link [www.vintage-musent.d...]
 
 

 
Jul.06.2006 @ 11:13 AM
characterstudios
Eh... oops, I meant the Evolver table-top unit. I failed to read that
you wanted keys!!

Depending on the drugs you take, speedreading is not always
effective :D

 
 

 
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